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Brilliant or Insane presents great books for teachers, school leaders, parents, and students. Our books are written by internationally-recognized teachers, authors, and presenters, most of whom partner with B or I and Hack Learning in some way.

Assessment 3.0: Throw Out Your Grade Book and Inspire Learning

Assessment 3.0: Throw Out Your Grade Book and Inspire Learning

Brilliant or Insane and Hack Learning publisher Mark Barnes’ new book on revolutionizing how we assess learning debuted #1 on Amazon and is consistently ranked near the top in Assessment and Pedagogy.

Assessment 3.0 explains how to give students a voice in the assessment process and how to eliminate number and letter grades, even while working in a school that demands grades. This book helps teachers create an amazing culture of learning in any classroom.

“Mark Barnes is a leader and revolutionary voice in the movement to rid our educational system of an outdated assessment model. In Assessment 3.0, he delivers a persuasive pitch that current grading practices are both poor reflections of learning and damaging to students. Not only does he clearly define the problem, he offers a powerful solution with his SE2R model and delivers a blueprint for implementation that can transform classrooms and schools. 

— Dave Burgess, Educator, Author of the New York Times bestseller Teach Like a Pirate

The 5-Minute Teacher: How do I maximize time for learning in my classroom?

The 5-Minute Teacher


A five-minute teacher delivers quick, thought-provoking lessons that send students clamoring to find meaning on their own, with the help of peers, and using the concepts and tools the teacher has provided in just a few minutes to create a wondrous, student-centered classroom. Learn how to be a 5-Minute Teacher today.

“In this crazed age of excessive testing in schools, every teacher wants to maximize their teaching time, and what better way to accomplish this than using 5-minute gems.”

— Candace L. Hill


Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student Centered Classroom

Re-imagine Education

Learn how your students can take charge of their own achievement in an enjoyable, project-based, workshop setting that challenges them with real-world learning scenarios and helps them attain uncommonly excellent results.

A “2013 Best Professional Book”

— Teacher Librarian

“This is a brutally honest account of Barnes’s mistakes and successes as a teacher, and a helpful guide for new and veteran educators seeking to excite students about learning and mastering 21st-century skills.”



The Teach Kindness Project: 52 Ways to Make a Colleague’s Day

The Teach Kindness Project

Has a colleague done something extraordinary that has gone unnoticed? What if you shared this with your staff? Might it bring joy to your colleague’s life? This is just one of 52 ways to bring joy to your school or workplace.

In The Teach Kindness Project, by Brilliant or Insane senior writer Angela Stockman, a Hack Learning mobile app exclusive, you learn how to build a culture of kindness with these practical, insightful steps that anyone can begin using immediately.

Put the Teach Kindness Project in your hands today.

Teaching the iStudent: A Quick Guide to Using Mobile Devices and Social Media in the K-12 Classroom

Teaching the iStudent

Accustomed to constantly-evolving mobile technology, our students crave more than paper and pencil can provide. Veteran teacher, renowned author, and tech expert Mark Barnes shows how educators can use mobile devices and social media to create a win-win for teaching and learning.

“Any educator can’t go wrong by reading anything Mark Barnes writes! I’m a big fan of his books and what he shares online.”

— Larry Ferlazzo, award-winning Teacher and author




Unshakeable: 20 ways to enjoy teaching every day. . . no matter what

Unshakeable by Angela Watson

Angela Watson has written many amazing books for teachers, and Unshakeable doesn’t disappoint. Best of all, Unshakeable is available on the free Hack Learning mobile app. If you’re a new or veteran educator, you’re sure to face many stumbling blocks. Angela Watson provides a prescription for daily success and joy in this challenging profession.

“Every chapter is AMAZING, filled with wisdom, encouragement, & specific strategies to implement right away.”

— Laura Candler, Teaching Resources




5 Skills for the Global Learner: What Everyone Needs to Navigate the Digital World

5 Skills for the Global LearnerMobile devices and social media give students unlimited resources and opportunities to build an international network of teachers. With this easy guide, you’ll learn five skills to transform the average learner into a global student.

“It’s a fact that not just our children, but all of us are global learners. So, equipping global educators who are comfortable navigating rapidly shifting digital platforms is vital. Mark Barnes cogently shows this in 5 Skills for the Global Learner, where the emphasis is on building digital skills and digital literacy. This book is a great addition to the Connected Educator’s toolkit.”

— Homa S. Tavangar, Author, Growing Up Global, and The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners


Teaching Happiness and Innovation

teaching happiness and innovationMike Ferry, veteran teacher and parent of four children, demonstrates why everyone should teach happiness and innovation. Humorous, optimistic, and personal, this book offers new ways of thinking about parenting and education and the values our children need to attain. Ferry discusses the importance of perseverance, gratitude, creativity, collaboration, and many other characteristics while offering suggestions to help kids develop them.

Put Teaching Happiness and Innovation in your hands today; it’s available on the free Hack Learning mobile app.


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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books and other series that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 150,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.